Surabaya vigil held for victims of AirAsia QZ8501

Surabaya vigil held for victims of AirAsia QZ8501

Surabaya vigil held for victims of AirAsia QZ8501

Written by Staff Writer

01 Jan, 2015 | 7:58 am

A vigil has been held in the Indonesian city of Surabaya for the victims of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash.
Hundreds of residents and relatives of those on board lit candles and observed a minute’s silence for the victims.

Flight QZ8501, carrying 162 people from Surabaya to Singapore, disappeared on Sunday. Debris from the flight was located in the sea on Tuesday.

Seven bodies have been retrieved, but weather conditions have hindered further salvage efforts.

There were 137 adult passengers, 17 children and one infant, along with two pilots and five crew, on the plane.

The majority of those on board were Indonesians.

Hundreds of people, including young children, turned out to the vigil in Surabaya on Wednesday evening.

All New Year’s Eve celebrations in East Java province were cancelled.

In Jakarta, the capital, residents began new year festivities with a prayer for the victims. A number of other cities cancelled or scaled down their new year celebrations.

Source: BBC

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